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October 16, 2020

WestGrid is delivering a new online Research Computing Autumn School this November. Eight courses will be delivered over eight different days and sessions will be focused around introductory or 'getting started' themes. The format will feature a combination of interactive Zoom sessions as well as pre-recorded video and reading materials.

The eight topics are:

  • Bash command line (Nov 2)
  • Version control with Git (Nov 3)
  • High performance computing (Nov 9)
  • Basics of Python (Nov 10)
  • Deep...
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October 15, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday October 28 where we'll look at some of the advanced ways to use VMD for the visualization and analysis of biological systems. This online presentation will be hosted by Olivier Fisette, and Advanced Research Computing Analyst at the University of Saskatchewan.


Advanced VMD
Wednesday, October 28
10:00 - 11:00...

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October 11, 2020

Simon Fraser University is partnering with NVIDIA to offer a number of bootcamps and a hackaton events utilizing Cedar's supercomputing power. Cedar is one of five national systems Compute Canada deployed as part of one of the biggest advanced research computing renewals in Canada’s history.

Learn how AI can accelerate HPC simulations by introducing students to concepts of Deep Neural Networks, including data pre-processing,...

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October 11, 2020

Interested in using public cloud services such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS)? Want to learn how they can support your research? University of British Columbia (UBC) Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is hosting the UBC ARC Cloud Computing Research Fall Training from October 19 – November 3, 2020.

This year, the program will be offered virtually in the form of a series of webinars...

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September 29, 2020

Each fall, the Compute Canada Federation (CCF) invites researchers to apply to its annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) and request storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via the ...

WestGrid Research Computing Winter School University of Victoria
September 20, 2020

WestGrid runs training activities year-round, ranging from online webinars to in-person workshops and summer schools. Mark your calendars for the upcoming training activities we've confirmed for Fall 2020, and join our mailing list for updates as new training sessions are added.

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September 16, 2020

Join us on Friday 02 October for our next WestGrid Community Town Hall. Patrick Mann, WestGrid's Director of Operations, will share the latest updates from WestGrid and Compute Canada, including:

  • Compute Canada 2021 Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC)
  • Operational updates within WestGrid and at national HPC sites
  • WestGrid Training events for Fall 2020
  • General Q&A

Attendees are welcome to ask questions on these and any other topics.

Our Town Halls are open to...

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September 15, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday September 22 where we'll look at how to work with multidimensional datasets in the open source tool, Xarray. This online presentation will be hosted by Alex Razoumov, WestGrid's Visualization and Training Coordinator.


Working with multidimensional datasets in xarray
Wednesday, September 22
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific

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August 26, 2020

Canada is one of the world’s proven suppliers and innovators in food. But in the post-pandemic world, we will need to invest in that reputation to retain our competitive advantage in this sector that is essential to national security and our economic growth.

This September, CityAge is launching a series of virtual events profiling the most important issues in food's digital future. WestGrid's CEO John Longbottom will be chairing a discussion panel, Building...

August 20, 2020

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)’s Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Nizar Ladak as the organization’s first permanent Chief Executive Officer, effective Oct. 5, 2020.

Established in 2019, NDRIO is a national member-based, not-for-profit organization with a mission to give scholars and scientists the digital tools, support, services and infrastructure they need to conduct leading-edge research that competes globally and benefits all of...